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Excavating the afterlife : the archaeology of early Chinese religion, Guolong Lai

Label
Excavating the afterlife : the archaeology of early Chinese religion
Title
Excavating the afterlife
Title remainder
the archaeology of early Chinese religion
Statement of responsibility
Guolong Lai
Creator
Author
Subject
Language
eng
Summary
In Excavating the Afterlife, Guolong Lai explores the dialectical relationship between sociopolitical change and mortuary religion from an archaeological perspective. By examining burial structure, grave goods, and religious documents unearthed from groups of well-preserved tombs in southern China, Lai shows that new attitudes toward the dead, resulting from the trauma of violent political struggle and warfare, permanently altered the early Chinese conceptions of this world and the afterlife. The book grounds the important changes in religious beliefs and ritual practices firmly in the sociopolitical transition from the Warring States (ca. 453{u2013}221 BCE) to the early empires (3rd century{u2013}1st century BCE). A methodologically sophisticated synthesis of archaeological, art historical, and textual sources, Excavating the Afterlife will be of interest to art historians, archaeologists, and textual scholars of China, as well as to students of comparative religions. --provided by publisher
Cataloging source
DLC
http://library.link/vocab/creatorName
Lai, Guolong
Dewey number
299.5/1
Illustrations
  • illustrations
  • maps
  • plates
Index
index present
LC call number
DS719
LC item number
.L28 2015
Literary form
non fiction
Nature of contents
bibliography
http://library.link/vocab/subjectName
  • China
  • Archaeology and religion
  • Excavations (Archaeology)
  • Sacred space
  • Tombs
  • Art objects
  • Manuscripts
  • Future life
  • Social change
  • China
Label
Excavating the afterlife : the archaeology of early Chinese religion, Guolong Lai
Instantiates
Publication
Note
"This pioneering study examines art objects and texts excavated from tombs in what was once the state of Chu, in south China, dating from the Warring States period (ca. 480-221 BCE) to the beginning of the imperial era (3rd century BCE to 1st century CE) to explore critical changes in religious beliefs and practices concerning the dead and the afterlife."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Chronology of early Chinese dynasties -- Maps -- Introduction -- The dead who would not be ancestors -- The transformation of burial space -- The presence of the invisible -- Letters to the underworld -- Journey to the Northwest -- Conclusion -- Glossary of Chinese characters
Control code
895730980
Dimensions
27 cm
Extent
xi, 297 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780295994499
Lccn
2014025639
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)895730980
Label
Excavating the afterlife : the archaeology of early Chinese religion, Guolong Lai
Publication
Note
"This pioneering study examines art objects and texts excavated from tombs in what was once the state of Chu, in south China, dating from the Warring States period (ca. 480-221 BCE) to the beginning of the imperial era (3rd century BCE to 1st century CE) to explore critical changes in religious beliefs and practices concerning the dead and the afterlife."
Bibliography note
Includes bibliographical references and index
Carrier category
volume
Carrier category code
  • nc
Carrier MARC source
rdacarrier.
Content category
text
Content type code
  • txt
Content type MARC source
rdacontent.
Contents
Chronology of early Chinese dynasties -- Maps -- Introduction -- The dead who would not be ancestors -- The transformation of burial space -- The presence of the invisible -- Letters to the underworld -- Journey to the Northwest -- Conclusion -- Glossary of Chinese characters
Control code
895730980
Dimensions
27 cm
Extent
xi, 297 pages, 8 unnumbered pages of plates
Isbn
9780295994499
Lccn
2014025639
Media category
unmediated
Media MARC source
rdamedia.
Media type code
  • n
Other physical details
illustrations, maps
System control number
(OCoLC)895730980

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